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Sentinel Down With Its Peeps

The Sun-Sentinel's Doreen Hemlock did what is, overall, a decent front-page piece on the dearth of vacation time in the U.S. of A. But I had a hard time getting past the lede. The story's downtrodden subject, the one we're supposed to sympathize with for not taking much vacation time, is a ...

... high-priced lobbyist.

It is specifically Becker & Poliakoff's Yolanda Cash Jackson, who counts the insurance and gambling industries among her clients. Nothing against Jackson (who is one of the few black women in Broward's power structure), but for most of the millions of workers who don't get a single day of paid vacation, her days of hobnobbing with the power elite would probably seem like time off anyway. The other poor folk quoted in the story: a lawyer, a vice president for a finance company, and a restaurant owner.

What's next, a heart-wrenching story about how corporate executives are too busy to enjoy their yachts?

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